State of Origin: The key numbers as NSW Blues hope to make home advantage count in decider

first_imgAfter the bitter blow of losing to Queensland Maroons in Brisbane first time out, a thumping 38-6 victory for the Blues in Game II was a stark contrast.Yet ahead of this week’s crucial game, Queensland can point to having won on four of their last seven visits to the former Olympic Stadium, while they also possess a supreme recent record in deciding games.We look at key facts and figures with the help of Opta numbers ahead of Game III..@jamestedesco93 has been a beast so far this #Origin series— NRL (@NRL) July 8, 20192 – The last seven State of Origin games at ANZ Stadium have been decided by an average margin of just two points per game, with each settled by a margin of no more than four in that span.3 – Queensland are winless in their last three State of Origin games outside Queensland. The last time they went longer without a win outside their home state was an 11-game stretch from 1999 to 2006 (D1, L10).7 – Queensland have won the last seven State of Origin deciders in succession, with 2005 the last time they lost a decider.8 – Queensland have won game three in eight of the last nine State of Origin series. The only time they lost in that span was in 2016, which was the last time game three was held at ANZ Stadium.15 – Gerard Sutton is set to referee his 15th consecutive State of Origin game, three more than any other referee in the history of the competition (Bill Harrigan – 12 consecutive matches 2000-2003).47 – James Tedesco (New South Wales) has made the most carries (47), gained the most metres over the advantage line (376), made the most offloads (5) and produced the most try assists (3) of any player in the 2019 State of Origin series.49 – New South Wales’ Jake Trbojevic has made 49 tackles thus far in State of Origin 2019, the most of any player who is yet to miss a single attempt.last_img read more

Dead farmer’s lover’s story changes

first_imgPomeroon murder…as Police intensify probeThe 47-year-old paramour of murdered coconut farmer Deonarine (only name), also known as “Russian”, of Grant Maria’s Delight, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) remains in Police custody, along with three men, as the investigation intensifies.Dead: Deonarine, also known as “Russian”Deonarine, 73, was shot dead at his home on Friday last by a masked man.Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan told Guyana Times on Monday that Police questioned the 47-year-old woman, who witnessed the incident and who also gave Police the name of an individual who was employed by the now dead man, as the person she suspected to have killed her lover. The other two men in custody were also reportedly employed by the man.This newspaper was told that the woman’s story seems to be suspicious, as her statements changed after further questioning.This publication was told by a source that the woman, who initially said that she did not see the individual who shot her lover, is now claiming that she saw the person. Sources indicated that she also amended her original statement that the person ran down the stairs in pursuit of the coconut farmer.It was reported that on Friday evening about 18:30h, the coconut farmer had just returned home after collecting his paramour, when he heard someone knocking on his door. Guyana Times was told when Deonarine opened the door, a masked man with a gun was standing in the entrance.His paramour reportedly told the Police that after seeing the gunman, she attempted to grab the gun, but he whipped out a knife, which she also grabbed.This publication was then told that the woman was pushed by the suspect who ran after the pensioner and shot him to the left side of his abdomen before making his escape.The badly injured farmer was rushed to the Oscar Joseph District Hospital in Charity, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.This newspaper understands that the now dead man was a re-migrant, who returned to the Pomeroon and invested significant sums in the coconut industry. He was managing and living alone on the coconut estate.Residents in the area said that Deonarine was a very kind person and expressed shock at the incident.“Surely the killer came to kill and it’s not a robbery,” a neighbour said.last_img read more

Hurricane Matthew claims over 800 lives

first_imgAs Haiti death toll risesThe UN has warned it could take days for the full impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti to emerge, as the death toll soars to more than 800 dead.The South-western town of Jeremie suffered the full force of the stormThe death toll has doubled, and may rise, as rescue teams gain access to southern areas cut off by the storm.The World Food Programme’s Carlos Veloso says some of the hard-hit towns can only be reached by air or sea.Many of the deaths in Haiti were in the South-western coast, which suffered the full force of the hurricane this week.Rescue efforts are under way to assess the destruction left in the wake of the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade.Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency on Friday doubled the death toll from the hurricane from 400 to more than 800.A definitive number is taking time to obtain because of the intensity of the damage to remote areas that are inaccessible because of flood water.At least one major town in the South – Jeremie – has been 80 per cent destroyed, with aerial footage showing the scale of destruction with hundreds of flattened houses. (Excerpt from BBC News)last_img read more


first_imgHarvey’s Point is almost booked out for Christmas.A well-known Donegal hotel claims it is almost three quarters full for Christmas with packages costing a cool €749 per person.Harvey’s Point, outside Donegal Town, says bookings for their three night package to coincide with Santa’s arrival are up on last year.General Manager of the four star hotel, Deirdre McGlone, says many of those who have booked their stays this year are people who have stayed at the hotel for many years. “We have regular guests who come for Christmas year after year and who are like friends of the family. New guests are very welcome too of course.”Packages at the hotel, which introduced the new Lodge @ Harvey’s Point to cater for groups this year, includes meals, Christmas activities, entertainment and more, according to the Irish Independent.Christmas packages are expensive to produce and challenging to organise, but clearly guests are prepared to pay to skip the cooking or washing-up in style.And while many have decided where they will spend Christmas Day, others are already booking their Christmas party nights out. The hugely popular Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny is already booking out many of its Christmas nights including the famous Bay City Rollers, The Priests Live In Concert and a live Frozen Show.DONEGAL HOTEL ALMOST BOOKED OUT FOR CHRISTMAS – AT €749 PER PERSON! was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasdonegalharvey’s pointmount errigallast_img read more

Ligue 1 club keen to rescue Newcastle flop from St James’ Park nightmare

first_img1 Ligue 1 club Metz could bring an end to Emmanuel Riviere’s Newcastle nightmare.The 27-year-old is looking to relaunch his career after enduring a torrid three-year stint in the north east.Riviere was sent out on loan to Osasuna last season but struggled to make an impact in the Spanish-top flight.However, according to L’Equipe, Metz are considering a move for the Newcastle outcast and will provide the forward with the opportunity to reignite his career.Riviere hasn’t featured for the Magpies since March 2016 and has managed just three goals in 20 appearances since joining from Monaco in the summer of 2014. Emmanuel Riviere has failed to make an impact at Newcastle last_img read more

Manchester United have confirmed their third summer signing

first_img Stoke earned a draw while Grant was on loan for the club in 2016 Grant has been signed as cover, should there be injuries to United’s first choice stopper David de Gea, or back-up Sergio Romero.“Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” said Grant.“This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club.“I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career so far and I’m now ready to continue learning and improving alongside some of the best players in the game. Grant is United’s third summer signing after Diogo Dalot and Fred REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT who plays? smart causal possible standings 2 gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “But at the same time, I intend to use my experience to help the team whenever possible.“I want to say a huge thank you to those close to me who have supported me along my journey so far.“I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates and giving everything possible for the club in the upcoming season.”Grant was the Potters’ 2016/17 Player of the Year after covering for the injured Jack Butland, but has not featured much since his team-mate’s return.He put in a man-of-the-match performance against the Red Devils in October 2016 as Stoke earned their first point at Old Trafford since 1980.He made 30 appearances that season, but played only three times in the last campaign. Latest Manchester United news REVEALED Portugal Under-21 goalkeeper Joel Pereira acted as back-up to De Gea and Romero last season but he is expected to be sent out on loan to gain more experience.England Under-21 international Dean Henderson, who recently signed a new contract, has already joined Championship side Sheffield United on a season long-loan.Grant is third new arrival at Old Trafford this summer, following deals for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto defender Diogo Dalot. RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Lee Grant.The 35-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Jose Mourinho’s side after Stoke allowed him to depart the bet365 Stadium on a free transfer. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? last_img read more


first_imgDonegal North East Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has accused the government of “learning no lessons from the appalling treatment of workers at Keith Prowse in Buncrana and at other Donegal companies”.The Sinn Fein TD was speaking after the government voted down Sinn Féin’s Protection of Employees (Amendment) Bill 2012.Speaking in the Dáil in favour of the bill, both Deputy Mac Lochlainn and his colleague, Donegal South West Sinn Féin TD, Pearse Doherty identified a number of specific examples of industrial disputes – including some in County Donegal– where workers’ rights have been set aside by employers. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “During Private Members Business, Sinn Féin introduced the Protection of Employees (Amendment) Bill 2012 to legislate for the growing number of instances where workers are being denied their rights and entitlements by employers.“The focus of the Sinn Féin legislation was to enhance the period of notice for workers who are to be made redundant and to expedite the hearing and processing of claims to entitlements.”He cited the plight of the former workers at Keith Prowse in Buncrana being forced to wait an eternity for their basic redundancy entitlements.He said it was absolutley shameful way for a dedicated workforce to be treated and even worse that they had worked for less pay and shorter hours to help the company directors prior to the closure. “Our bill sought to protect other workers from having to endure the same and the government’s refusal to support us proves they have learned nothing from these cases ermerging across the state,” he said.GOVERNMENT LEARNED NOTHING FROM POOR TREATMENT OF DONEGAL WORKERS – SINN FEIN was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jacks look to rebound after week 1 loss

first_imgThe Humboldt State football team aims to rebound after a bye week and a week one road loss at MSU Texas. The Lumberjacks travel to Yakima, Wash., to face conference rival Central Washington Saturday at 6 p.m.HSU kicked off the 2018 season with a 55-12 loss to the Mustangs in Wichita Falls, Texas. The high-powered MSU Texas offense, talented defense and windy conditions proved to be too much for the young Green and Gold squad to overcome. The Mustangs put 42 points on the scoreboard in the …last_img read more

Nelson Makamo takes his art to rural communities

first_imgArtist Nelson Makamo’s subjects have all come from impoverished communities but they have never seen his works. Now, Makamo is looking to take his art to primary schools around the country by painting murals on its walls. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Artists bring beauty to the world. Yet, most people cannot afford or don’t have access to such items. It is for this reason that South Africa’s freshest painter, Nelson Makamo, is taking his work to less privileged communities in South Africa.Makamo is embarking on a countrywide school mural project that will not only bring beauty to impoverished schools, but will also improve facilities. “Before we plan a mural we have to do something else for the school,” said Makamo. “The mural will remind us that we came into a school without a football ground and worked together to build it a football ground.”Makamo is planning to help one rural school in each province. “When you drive around South Africa and look at the schools, there’s nothing with which you can identify a school from a distance. You find the schools are struggling.”Makamo came up with the idea after he realised influential individuals, like himself, have the power to help poor communities. “I was one of those people who used to say the government doesn’t do this, the government doesn’t do that. But in most cases it is targeted to me. As a normal citizen, if I have the ability to do something why don’t I do it.Makamo’s works have been collected by the likes of British singer Annie Lennox and fashion designer Giorgio Armani, but it is the work he wants to take to rural communities that he is most excited about. (Image: Shamin Chibba)“If children go to school barefoot or cold they will not be able to concentrate. So I realised I have to start adopting schools.”Makamo said influential people should help improve the lives of others and set an example by doing so. “The more your profile grows the more you can influence others to be a part of it.”Though there are a few who are interested in financially supporting the project, the artist is looking to fund it from his own pocket where possible.POOR COMMUNITIES CONNECT TO MAKAMO’S ARTMakamo grew up in Modimolle, a small town in Limpopo, and its people have been the inspiration for his art since he started. Most of his work depicts young boys doing ordinary things: playing, laughing, walking, or looking curious or ponderous.He doesn’t boast about wealthy people having his work in their private collections, even though they include British singer Annie Lennox and fashion designer Giorgio Armani. But he speaks enthusiastically about creating art for the communities he relates to.“In any interview that I had, I never proudly said so and so has my work because I think it’s unfair to those who would truly connect with the work beyond the price tag. You may find that the work is not even hanging in their house that it’s in storage. Every now and then I try to see if I can make it possible for the ordinary person to view my work.”ACCESS TO MAKAMO’S WORKMakamo’s studio manager, Matsela Moshokoa, said the mural project will give poorer communities an opportunity to view his work.“Nelson wants to take his art back to the community where he grew up in, the community that he paints, because those are the faces of his community. And the perfect place to go to is primary schools because those are the places where you learn to have dreams.“It will highlight the plight of our primary schools. Especially in rural areas.”Besides beautifying schools, the murals will provide a space where learners can play and have their lunch, said Moshokoa.Children will relate to it because it is created by an artist who is one of them. “It’s from a person that once looked like them, that comes from the same background, and they can see themselves in him as much as he can see himself in the kids.”PLAY YOUR PARTHave you or anyone you know done anything to uplift your community? If so, share your story with us.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – December 28, 2011

first_img2011: Geocaching Year in ReviewThe final geocaching hours in 2011 are ticking away. But the year won’t be forgotten. The geocaching adventure grew like never before in 2011.Just a few fun things that happened this year:After Lackey transforms into a hamster-More than 400,000 new active geocaches were listed on That’s quite a bit geocaching for your “to do” list in 2012.-New maps, statistics and Favorite Points were added to enrich the geocaching experience.–Geocaching Challenges were launched, helping bring adventure to every location.-The community celebrated the first International Geocaching Day!Check out the 2011 Geocaching Year in Review video for a fun overview of these events and all the other geocaching happenings in 2011. (SPOILER ALERT: You’ll also see a Lackey transform into a Groundspeak Hamster. It’s magical.)[vsw id=”tGBkOpKF_KM” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Share your favorite geocaching experiences from 2011 on the official Facebook page. Happy geocaching in 2012 from all the Lackeys at Groundspeak!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 22, 2011June 22, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 6, 2012June 6, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – February 24, 2011February 24, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more